Jared Smart

Junior wide receiver Jared Smart (23) is brought down by junior linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa (41) during the Rainbow Warriors' spring scrimmage on April 27 at the T.C. Ching Field. 

Scheyenne Sanitoa

University of Hawai'i linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa died on July 4, according to UH Athletics officials. 

No cause of death was released.

"Scheyenne was a tremendous young man and we are devastated by this news," UH Athletics Director David Matlin said in a statement. 

According to UH Athletics, the football team was brought together earlier today to discuss the tragedy. Campus counselors were also on hand and will be available for all student-athletes and staff to help with the healing process. 

The 21-year-old redshirt junior appeared in 12 games last season and accounted for 30 wrap-ups, with 21 solo tackles. Sanitoa had six tackles, two pass breakups, 2.0 tackles for loss and a sack in his first career start vs. Duquesne. He made a career-high seven tackles in his second start versus San Diego State. 

"It’s always heartbreaking to lose a member of our UH ohana, particularly when it’s one of our young student-athletes. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, his teammates, and to all those who knew and loved him," Matlin said.